Elva Virginia Wilhelm, 95, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at her home in Snowflake. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, with a viewing starting at 9 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Main Street Chapel in Snowflake. Interment will follow services at 1 p.m. at the St. Johns Cemetery. She was born on July 31, 1918, in Sandy, Utah, to Alexander Brand and Mary Ethel Park. Elva married Marion Walter Wilhelm at an early age. Together they had two daughters, Lydia and Nonie, and were expecting their son Marion when her husband was killed in an explosion in St. Johns in 1942. Elva then married Harvey Gibbons Wilhelm, Marion’s brother, in October 1948. They adopted two nieces, Mary and Betty, and had a son, Carroll. She and Harvey had a good life together, welcoming all who came to their home. They celebrated their 65th anniversary on Oct. 5, 2013, one month before Harvey passed away at the age of 97. She was a skillful homemaker, passing her talents to her daughters such as sewing, canning, gardening, thriftiness, etc. She was known for her excellent crochet handwork. Elva’s posterity includes 29 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren. Survivors include her two sons, Marion (Doris) Wilhelm and Carroll Spence (Christine) Wilhelm; and two daughters, Mary (Charles) Tillotson and Betty (Mike) Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Marion Walter Wilhelm; her second husband, Harvey Gibbons Wilhelm; and two daughters, Lydia May Wardell and Mary Naomi Johnson (Nonie). Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.
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